The Ogun State Police operatives, in continuation of its bush combing operations in search of kidnappers terrorising parts of the state, weekend, engaged suspected kidnappers in gun battle at Bere forest in Onigaari, along Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
The command’s Spokesperson, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi in a statement made available to Blueprint Sunday, stated that the operations is as a result of information received by the command from members of the public.
He stated that it received information that the AK 47 bearing hoodlums numbering about six were sighted in the forest, possibly waiting for the appropriate time to strike.
“Upon the information, the commissioner of police CP Edward Awolowo Ajogun quickly deployed the command’s tactical teams, coordinated by the DPO Owode Egba division, CSP Olusola Oniyiku to the forest in search of the hoodlums.
“While the combing was going on, the hoodlums on sighting the policemen, opened fire on them, and gun battle ensued between them.
“At the end of the encounter, one of the bandits was shot dead on the spot, while others escaped with varying degrees of gunshot injuries.
“Searching the forest further, one of the bandits with bullets wound was arrested in the bush but gave up the ghost few minutes after.
“Two Ak 47 riffles with breech numbers 1983NF1040 and 1987-3-CA-1212 with five rounds of ammunition were recovered from them.
“The latest riffle recovery makes it four Ak 47 riffles recovered by the command within the period of two weeks.
“Also recovered from them are sachets of tramadol and assorted charms”, the statement reads.
Meanwhile, the commissioner of police, CP Edward Awolowo Ajogun, has ordered for massive manhunt for the remaining members of the gang.
He also appealed to members of the public, especially hospital not to hesitate to inform the police if anyone with gunshot injuries is seen in their area.
He therefore assured the good people of Ogun state that the command will not rest on its oars until the state is rid of criminal elements.